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Quality Assurance Student Experts Pool

Welcome to ESU's QA Student Experts Pool

This page provides a collection of resources and training materials that enable members of the European Students’ Union (ESU) Student Experts Pool on Quality Assurance (QA) to carry out their duties, student representatives to participate in tasks relating to higher education quality, and students to improve their learning experiences.

It is often beneficial for staff members of organisations concerned with higher education quality to recognize students’ positions in these processes.

Listen, Talk and Team-Up
Considerations for panel members in external quality assurance

Conversation, investigation and presentation skills are essential for value-added and open discussions in external quality assurance (EQA) and for further promoting trust in, and enhancement and development of the related evaluation procedures. In this regard, reflections on attitude and behaviour are of high importance as the QA reviewers are responsible for the impact of their review activities. The different stakeholders represented on each panel must bring their own points of view, based on experience and knowledge to bear on the evaluation procedures while building on the views and interests of their peers.

The following considerations are a collection of topics and reflections with regard to communication and beyond – from looking at why effective communication is relevant in QA reviews across the different roles and expectations of involved parties to practical tips for building an inclusive and appreciative environment in remote reviews. This project aims to provide QA reviewers with reflections that are applicable and useful for all involved stakeholder groups from all levels of experience.

These notes are intended to promote the creation of a fruitful and constructive working environment, with the full engagement of all parties involved – both within the external expert panel and between the panel and the institution under evaluation.

They should provide you with an overview of the general communication during reviews, and can serve to establish a standardised approach to conducting the assessments in an online and offline format. Have a look and see which reflections and recommendations are useful for you.

For any questions or suggestions, reach out to us at qapoolsc@esu-online.org

At this year’s edition of the INQAAHE conference termed “Re-Imagining of Higher Education Quality in an Age of Uncertainty” the ESU Quality Assurance Student Experts Pool Steering Committee has presented the students’ perspective on the future of Quality Assurance. During the poster presentation the Steering Committee, first, displayed the ESU Quality Assurance Student Experts Pool as an example for structurally embedded student representation in Quality Assurance on the one hand, and as a platform for development, innovation and exchange on the other hand. Afterwards, the Steering Committee presented the students’ perspective on potential developments of QA in the upcoming years to work towards a vision on the future of Quality Assurance with a strong emphasis on student involvement. To gather data and directly involve the knowledge base of the ESU Quality Assurance Student Experts Pool student experts they were consulted in both a qualitative and a quantitative way via a questionnaire and a digitally organized Think Tank.

Please have a closer look at the poster to learn more about the outcomes of the questionnaire and the Think Tank and how student experts from the ESU Quality Assurance Student Experts Pool see the future of Quality Assurance. At this point the Steering Committee would like to thank all ESU Quality Assurance Student Experts Pool members that have contributed with their expertise and ideas for the future of QA from a students’ perspective in this project.

In 2009, the European Students’ Union (ESU) established a pool of committed and well-prepared students who aim to improve higher education provision in Europe through quality assurance procedures.

The establishment of this pool is how ESU promotes and develops student participation in quality assurance all over Europe. The pool is renewed once a year and has an independent Steering Committee, which launches the calls and selects the applicants based on public criteria.

ESU organises study sessions, workshops and other events for pool members where they are trained.

The pool brings together students from all parts of Europe, their experience and knowledge, and an excellent forum for debating, sharing views and learning about quality assurance.

These students contribute to the ESU policymaking process, act as multipliers agents in their respective countries, collaborate in several projects, participate in Quality Assurance reviews, etc.

Currently, there are 73 students in ESU’s Student Experts Pool on Quality Assurance (QA Pool), allowing them to participate in various events, training and quality assurance and enhancement provisions. Members of the pool are being annually recruited, usually starting from the end of May/beginning of June, with an open call issued at esu-online.org.  

Following is a list of people that were selected as members of the QA Pool in July 2022:

 Name Surname Country of residence
 Erdoğan Taha Akbaş Turkey
 Luljeta Aliu Mulaj Kosovo
 Agata Andrzejczyk Poland
 Natália Antalová Slovakia
 Constantin-Marius Aradan Romania
 Beatriz Atienza Carbonell Spain
 Simge Ayyıldız Turkey
 Lauge Lunding Bach Denmark
 Jakub Bakonyi Poland
 Bruna Bandula Croatia
 Christopher Bohlens Germany
 Mehmet Bora Turkey
 Stanimir Boyadzhiev Bulgaria
 Mia Brzakovic Ireland
 Davide Busato Italy
 Eren Çanga Turkey
 Sena Çatal Turkey
 Tamara Ciobanu Romania
 Fien Cox Belgium
 Robi Cvitić Croatia
 Julia De Bono Malta
 Matej Drobnič Slovenia
 Ana Duplava Romania
 Eda Eren Turkey
 Michal Farník Czechia
 Michał Goszczyński Poland
 Natalia Greniewska Poland
 Leander Gussmann Austria
 Gaga Gvenetadze Georgia
 Lukáš Hulínský Czech Republic
 Máté Huszár Croatia
 Cocuz Iuliu Gabriel Romania
 Francisco Joaquín Jiménez Gonzalez Spain
 Hilal Karaoglan Turkey
 Sara Kawasmi Malta
 Thomas Keuthen Germany
 Anna Klampfer Austria
 Adrian Korzeniowski Poland
 Paula Carolina Lozano Duarte Spain
 Joanna Maruszczak Poland
 Jeremy Mifsud Malta
 Velibor Mladenovici Romania
 Damon Mohebbi Germany
 Mariana Morgado Portugal
 Liv Teresa Muth Belgium
 Sebastian Neufeld Germany
 Andrea Paricio Henares Spain
 Laura Peiró-Márquez Spain
 Rebeca Puente Mares Spain
 Enrico Pulieri United Kingdom
 Antonio Ramos Vázquez Spain
 Michella Ravn Søndergaard Denmark
 Mari Ruadze Georgia
 Mick Scholtka Danmark
 Suleyman Solmazgul Turkey
 Arnoldas Solovjovas Lithuania
 Ömer Faruk Sönmez Turkey
 Elena Štefancová Slovakia
 Revaz Tabatadze Georgia
 Berkay Tarım Turkey
 José Manuel Teira Alcaraz Spain
 Iancu Teodor-Radu Romania
 Topias Tolonen Sweden
 Angel Tores Spain
 Floor van der Wal The Netherlands
 Nienke Wessel The Netherlands
 Edgar Wienhausen Germany
 Alexandra-Simona Zamfir Romania
 Jessica Ziegler Germany
 Duma Irina* Romania
 Pavletić Pegi * Croatia
 Solak Damir* Czechia
 Gvritishvili Ana Gvritishvili ** Georgia
 Onița Horia*** Romania/Belgium

* Steering Committee member

** ESU Executive Committee member

*** ESU Presidency member (without ESU QA Pool membership)

The ESU Student Experts’ Pool on Quality Assurance has been established to promote student engagement in quality assurance and to contribute to the improvement of higher education provision in the European Higher Education Area.

 

Thus, pool members are expected to:

  • share their own experience on quality assurance,
  • discuss topics on QA and/or student involvement,
  • act as multiplier agent at their respective countries,
  • disseminate articles or any other documents related to QA at national or international level,
  • contribute to preparation of the meetings and training sessions,
  • give feedback to studies or other requests, such an ESU policy paper,
  • inform the pool about any QA-related event at international level,
  • promote the ESU student experts’ pool on quality assurance,
  • identifying themselves as members of this pool,
  • foster student participation in quality assurance
 

Benefits for being a member of QA Pool:

  • learning about European higher education
  • Involvement in quality assurance processes at programme, institutional, national and international levels (e.g. evaluations of institutions and quality assurance agencies)
  • Opportunities to represent the pool to external events and governing bodies, such as the steering committee of the European Quality Assurance Forum
  • possibilities for networking
  • opportunity to participate in specially designed trainings for reviewers
  • opportunity to develop communication skills, etc.
 

Tasks and responsibilities that can be expected from QA Pool members:

  • share their own experience on quality assurance;
  • discuss topics on quality assurance and/or student involvement;
  • act as multiplier agent at their respective countries;
  • participate in reviews;
  • disseminate articles or any other documents related to quality assurance at national or international level;
  • contribute to preparation of the meetings and training sessions;
  • give feedback to studies or other requests, such an ESU policy paper;
  • inform the pool about any quality assurance-related event at international level;
  • promote the ESU student experts’ pool on quality assurance;
  • identifying themselves as members of this pool;
  • foster student participation in quality assurance.

Check our Brochure

The Pool of Student Experts in Quality Assurance is a group of well prepared and experienced student-experts who take part in quality assurance processes in Higher Education Institutions all over Europe.

Our  Steering Committee

ESU’s Student Experts’ Pool on Quality Assurance is supported by a group of dedicated students –  the Steering Committee, who is responsible for launching calls for new members and overseeing the pool’s work.

The group consists of five individuals, out of which two are members of ESU’s Executive Committee. The other three are being selected annually from the pool members, with an internal call being issued by the end of January/beginning of February.

The following members are appointed for the Steering Committee:

Please, contact the pool via qapoolsc@esu-online.org

Contact our Steering Committee

DEQAR Connect Conference

The topic of the 2021 DEQAR Conference, held from December 6 – 7th December  2021, was: ”From Data to Policy – Linking Quality Assurance and Recognition”.

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